The recipe for charity

Women of the West Albany Italian Benevolent Society cookbook massive hit

— Donato said one of the purposes of the book was to preserve and revive some of the recipes that have been handed down from generations. Foods such as homemade macaroni, making Italian cookies in a flower bowl and how to make marinara sauce were some of the things covered in the book.

“We wanted to help pass all that along,” she said. “We wanted to help memorialize it… We have varying age groups in the auxiliary. The average age is well over 65 years old. They’re experienced aunts and mom that have a great wealth of heritage and knowledge.”

The book ended up being published through FundCraft in April. Donato said the group was not expecting to sell nearly as many as have been sold, and is planned on raffling off some of the cookbooks that were left over.

“The response was tremendous,” she said. “We haven’t heard any more demands for them and every now and then people will ask if we have any more.”

The books sold for $10 and the money raised went to the auxiliary’s treasury so they can help the various charities they usually donate to. This time around, Donato said they donated $500 to the hurricane relief and $300 to the West Albany Fire House.

Clark said she had a really great time putting the book together and said there was a lot of help coming from people in and outside of the committee. Even if it took a lot of work to get completed, Clark said it was a good experience.

“The other three women we had were very good to work with,” she said. “They were helpful and we had a lot of fun going through the recipes and picking out the ones we would put in our book.”

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